Thursday, October 24, 2013

Comparative Studies: Using Nobel Laureate Alice Munro's Story in Elder Law Classes

I was delighted when earlier this month Canadian short story writer Alice Munro was named the winner of the 2013 Nobel Prize in Literature. I'm a long time fan. To add to the good news, one of my favorite stories by Munro has been republished this week in The New Yorker

In addition to providing a window into a good marriage in twilight, Munro's short story "The Bear Came Over the Mountain" offers a great opportunity to explore with students some of the older theories that affected care of individuals with dementia in nursing homes. It helps us see why practices have changed, and thus may even offer hope about how more changes could be made. I won't say more about the story, because Munroe says it all much better.

The story was also made into a lovely movie, "Away from Her," with the always elegant Julie Christie playing the key character of Fiona. 

UPDATE:  When I first wrote this post, there was an active link to the full story.  But when I rechecked, it seems the story is now behind a pay wall.  I've linked to an excerpt.  The whole tale is worth pursuing! 

And my thanks to Carlisle Attorney Frances Del Duca for pointing out the New Yorker republication, before we shared a bit of wine with a great group of friends.

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